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Montréal celebrates the 50th anniversary of Expo 67

Montréal hosted the iconic 1967 International and Universal Exposition – more commonly known as Expo 67 – to celebrate Canada’s centennial year. While the city had long been a choice visitors’ destination, Expo 67 put Montréal on the international map, and influenced the worlds of fashion, science, architecture and entertainment. Expo 67 set world records Expo 67 was a Category One World’s Fair, the first to be called “Expo” and became the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century. With 60 participating nations and 90 pavilions representing “Man and His World” themes, Expo 67 set a single-day attendance record for a world’s fair, with 569,500 visitors on its third day, and 50,306,648 over six months, not counting over 5 million admissions by performers, the press, official visitors and employees. Today Expo 67 ranks as the fourth most popular world exposition of all time, after Shanghai, Osaka and Paris. Also celebrating its centenary, the CIBC’s on-site branch at Expo 67 served up to 10,000 customers each day, seven days a week – or some 1.8 million customers in 183 days! Montréal welcomes the world in 1967 Many world leaders visited Expo 67, which also drew the world’s greatest orchestras, ballet and theatre companies – including… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: April 14 to 20

Montréal celebrates the return of spring with Easter brunches, Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, musical swings and butterflies, NHL playoffs and pro soccer, martial arts merged with dance, and live music by the Dixie Chicks, Jackson Brown, PJ Harvey and more. Easter weekend activities Montréal makes the most of the Easter long weekend, from staying active to religiously reflecting, whether you’re here with friends, family or that special someone – see our guide to Easter weekend 2017 for some ideas. Swing like you’re a kid again – and make music at the same time! – at 21 Swings outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des Spectacles, part of this year’s Digital Spring art-meets-tech explorations. Observe butterflies up close and in the hundreds at the Botanical Garden greenhouse’s Butterflies Go Free event, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s manyactivities. The NHL playoffs have hockey fans at the edge of their seats: the Montréal Canadiens face off against the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre on April 14. For soccer fans: Minor League Soccer team Montréal Impact plays Atlanta United FC in the season home opener on April 15 at Saputo Stadium. Take a walk off the beaten path to discover welcoming and wonderful quirky spots in Montréal, from urban caves to arcade bars to Montréal’s best karaoke… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: April 7 to 13

As the weather warms, Montréal begins its transformation into an outdoor playground, starting with some music-making swings, alongside Québécois sugar shack meals, new art and film, spring shopping, live music, quirky activities and more. Spring swings Hop on a swing and make some music at the excellent interactive 21 Swings outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des Spectacles starting April 10. Spring is also in the air at the Botanical Garden where the Butterflies Go Free greenhouse turns into a tropical, butterfly-filled oasis, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s many activities. For shoppers, find designer clothing and accessories at La Braderie de Mode Québécoise, April 6-9 at Bonsecours Market. For families, the massive Parents and Kids Fair features live entertainment, innovations, fashion and much more April 6-9 at Place Bonaventure. In a final home game of the regular NHL season, the Montréal Canadiens take on the Lightning at the Bell Centre on April 7. Cheer for car crushing and mud slinging at the Monster Spectacular XXIII at Olympic Stadium on April 8. Watch the Black Watch Military Tattoo commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge at the Bell Centre on April 8, and The Harlem Globetrotters play on April 9. Tread off the beaten path to find these welcoming and wonderful quirky… / Read More →

Meet our friendly Tourist Information Centre staff

You’re in Montréal for the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations and you’re looking to plan your stay? Look no further: the friendly staff at the Tourist Information Centre is the perfect welcoming committee. Here to help locals as well as out-of-towners, the intrepid Tourist Information Centre crew aim to serve. They’ll even come to you in May, when they’ll be biking throughout Old Montréal on the lookout for travellers to advise! Each crew member is a perfect representation of Montréal’s rich diversity, and they all know the city’s ins and outs like the back of their hand, including hot happenings, cool cafés, great restaurants, shows not to be missed and shops to drop for – not to mention absolutely everything to do with the 375th. Best of all, they can tell you about is all in six languages. Meet some of the crew: Carmen Montufar Carmen grew up in Mile End and is passionate about foreign languages and music. She’s an expert on the local food scene and loves hanging around the food trucks that gather at all of Montréal’s big festivals. What’s one thing any visitor to Montréal should check out? “Mile End! There’s so much to discover, whether it’s… / Read More →

Free things to do this spring in Montréal

There’s always something going on in Montréal in spring, whether the snow is falling or melting, but this year the number of free happenings gets a boost with the city’s 375th anniversary. Outdoor multimedia shows, musical swings, giant marionettes and more, we’ve got you covered for things to do in Montréal for free with friends, kids or on your own – from the first day of spring to the last. Free 375 anniversary activites Energetic kids and adults alike can swing and make music at the same time on the 21 Swings musical art installation, right downtown on de Maisonneuve Boulevard outside Place des Arts starting April 10.Head to traditional-meets-urban Cabane à sucre urbaine on April 9 at Place Émilie-Gamelin to try old-fashioned maple taffy on snow. Photography project Aime comme Montréal celebrates diversity in an installation at Place des arts, April 20 to May 21. Take a historical tour alog the Saint-Lawrence river using the Montréal, toute une histoire free mobile app. Family-friendly Flashmob in your neighborhood pairs entertaining dance performances with high-tech digital projections, at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade May 6 and June 2. Two incredible multimedia light shows start on May 17: Illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge by Moment Factory’s… / Read More →

What to do in Montréal on Easter weekend, April 14 to 17

Will you be spending Easter weekend in Montréal? Great choice! Here are some activities to help you get your fill of culture, food, relaxation and nightlife over the long weekend. Whether you’re here with that special someone, friends or family, there’s something for everyone! Easter with that special someone This long weekend is your chance to indulge and pamper yourself! Book a room at a boutique hotel and head out, hand-in-hand, to explore Montréal’s food and arts scene. Between prestigious exhibitions at the city’s museums, a rich repertoire of dance and theatre performances, and a superb program of classical music and opera, prepare to be enchanted on your romantic getaway. Next, take the time to relax at one of these sublime spas, load up on mouth-watering chocolates at Montréal’s best chocolate shops, then share an intimate moment over cocktails at a speakeasy or a quiet, low-key spot. Finally, grab a table for two at a great restaurant, because we all know that food makes the heart grow fonder. You can’t go wrong with these trendy new restaurants and hand-picked designer restaurants and cafés. What happens next is up to you. Easter with friends Fun with friends is in store this Easter… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: March 3 to 9

March begins with the thrills of massive winter festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and its all-nighter Nuit Blanche, plus spring break activities for families, dance and theatre, incredible illuminated art, classical music and rock shows. Bright days and nights The city seriously shines during winter arts, culture and fine dining festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE ongoing to March 11 with an all-new program of performing arts, fabulous fine dining options and the free and family-friendly outdoor site at Place des Festivals, where you’ll find great local food and drink, from Québec cheeses to Cabral porto, live music and performances such as X-Lumina, an illuminated Ferris wheel, the urban ice slide and zip line, and classic Canadian sport Curling en lumière. Walk around the Quartier des Spectacles to see the high-tech interactive light art of Illuminart or head down into the underground city for Art Souterrain‘s miles of new art installations. And, of course, the festival’s biggest deal: all-nighter Nuit blanche featuring free activities, performances, music, film and more, from downtown to Mile End and many more neighbourhoods on March 4. Montréal on Spring Break We’ve put together an overflowing guide to restaurants, bars and parties for spring break in Montréal but we haven’t forgotten about the younger set either – with local schools closed this week, there are plenty of things to do for families during… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 17 to 23

It may be February, but Montréal’s intent on keeping things hot this week: Off-Igloofest gets us dancing in the snow; indoors there’s art, ballet, comedy, theatre and music to keep us on our toes; and brilliant winter festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE kicks off with constant entertainment. Winter festivals In a city that’s been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years, this winter’s Les Hivernales 375th anniversary events have been a stand-out – they wrap up as electronic music festival Igloofest continues with Off-Igloofest on Feb. 17 – ÎleSoniq festival presents Aussie producer Thomas Jack – and on Feb. 18, an entirely free all-ages night with music from Le Matos, Hatchmatik and more along with the Nordik games (including the Slap Shot movie zone) – and don’t miss the Nordik Slide and Nordik Village on the afternoon of Feb. 19. Among this week’s extreme winter sports: race along with or cheer on the participants of the Polar Hero Race on Feb. 18 at Parc Jean-Drapeau, featuring a unique 5-km, 25-obstacle course and a 10-km, 50-obstacle course. And the wonderful MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts, culture and fine dining festival starts Feb. 23 at various locations – among the outdoor site activities to try: Curling en lumière.  Une publication partagée par Emily Leclerc (@tomorrow_emily) le 10 Févr. 2017 à 13h08 PST Active February… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 3 to 9

Winter’s feeling fine as Montréal settles into February by going dancing in the snow, digging into La Poutine Week (perfectly paired with the Superbowl) and doing a little freestyle snowmobiling – with some opera, art, live music and speakeasy cocktails on the side. Montréal turns 375 From Montréal’s first winter carnival to this winter’s Les Hivernales events, the city has been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years. This weekend keeps the party going by day with free and family-friendly Fête des neiges at Parc Jean-Drapeau (complete with games, an ice-sculpted pirate ship, snow tubing, a Ferris Wheel and more), and at night with electronic music festival Igloofest in the Old Port – dance to music by Green Velvet and more artists on Friday and Dave Clarke and other beat-droppers on Saturday, plus incredible visuals. Day or night, try Igloofest’s Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier or visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier. Freestyle snowmobiling is way up there on the list of extreme winter sports: see world snowmobiling champions perform unbelievable aerial tricks this weekend at free event Motoneige MTL Xtrem at Philips Square. On the other end of the e-sports spectrum: Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Invitational gaming event at Usine C. And hear campfire songs and stories at Feu, feu, joli feu, un karaoké… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 27 to February 2

We’re having fun staying warm this week in Montréal, whether we’re outside on skates or contemplating Chagall in the museum, watching a hockey game or dancing all night, taking in a show or ringing in the city’s 375th anniversary. La grande roue du @parcjeandrapeau vous attend pour admirer la superbe vue et avoir un aperçu de la multitude d’activités prévues durant la Fête des neiges. C’est chaque week-end jusqu’au 5 février prochain. #375mtl #Hivernales #Fêtedesneiges #mtlmoments Une photo publiée par 375e de Mtl / 2017 (@375mtl) le 22 Janv. 2017 à 12h23 PST Celebrating Montréal Winter’s all fun and games with Montréal’s 375th anniversary Les Hivernales: this weekend have fun at free and family-friendly Fête des neiges, transforming Parc Jean-Drapeau into a playground with a massive ice-sculpted Pirate ship, snow tubing, a Ferris Wheel, live shows and more activities. Watch a game, meet former Montréal Canadiens players and listen to live music by The Planet Smashers and more at hockey tournament Classique Montréalaise, Jan. 28 and 29 in Parc Jean-Drapeau. Cross-country ski and snowshoe with the Grande Traversée du Saint-Laurent, a winter sports odyssey stopping on Jan. 28 in Mount Royal Park. Party in the Old Port at electronic music festival Igloofest, pairing exquisite visuals with electronic music… / Read More →